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when will it feel there are enough jobs for everybody to go around? state of america, president obama and congress back in action. where will they work together? and teach america, the view from the front lines what it takes to teach in the age of instant information. hi, everybody, great to have you with us, i'm thomas roberts. we have all of those stories coming your way in a moment. first, we start in washington, d.c. where president obama is back at the white house as lawmakers dexrend on capitol hill. it is a new political order. with the republican majority in the house, the president is expecting politics as usual and chuck todd joins us from the white house to explain. chuck, get us up to speed on staffing changes we're expected to see at the white house.
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>> reporter: new year and new political order and probably new faces, although familiar faces walking around the west wing, there is speculation if possible the president may be considering former clinton commerce secretary william daly to be chief of staff. there are very serious talks about it. the next chief of staff will be the current chief of staff raus or bill daly. there are a lot of people that expect that if it is going to be bill daly that this will happen quickly. there's some expectation that this is a good week to do it, get it done. they have the state of union they have to be prepping for by the end of the month. we do know, for instance, david pluf is coming in as david axelrod leaves the west wing. this is transition week here in
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washington. transition week on capitol hill. it makes a lot of sense. the question is how fast will this move? a reorganization plan for the west wing is awaiting the president's approval. they got back today. we'll see how fast it moves. great to see you, thank you. >> let's move on to capitol hill and luke russert is standing by there. walk us through the pomp and circumstance of what we're expected to see during the day tomorrow. >> tomorrow the incoming speaker john boehner's day starts off at 9:00 a.m., going to a bipartisan prayer service at st. peters here on capitol hill. it's expected that nancy pelosi will be at the church service. then around 12:00 p.m., you will have the election of the speaker under house rules, there's an alphabetical reading of the role call which every member says who they are going to support. it's expected john boehner will
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easily win this. then after that you'll hear probably from the new speaker mr. boehner, between 2:00 and 3:00. nancy pelosi will hand the gavel over to john boehner. he'll take a few hours sof a to have a ceremonial swearing in. then looking around 4:30, 5:00, to see the first actual bill brought to the house floor. it will be a bill with the gop rules for how to govern the house in the next two years. every member that is a party does it it. that will pass. then we have the real business of governing starting on thursday, the first bill that's supposed to go forward is a spending bill. one where the gop plans to cut down on staff, to stop the deficit, that's how the gop is playing it off. democrats say that is a drop in the bucket. why don't you support something like a tax cuts for the middle class, which would stop a lot of
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that debt. you hear those politics going forward. then on friday, you'll have a vote on the rule to repeal the nation's health care law, obama care as folks call it. then looking at final passage for a full repeal on wednesday that will be a huge, huge momentous moment for speaker boehner. the nation's health care law will not be repealed because it would die in the senate. if it ever got through there, president obama would veto any attempt. >> we'll have full coverage tomorrow. i'm interested to see how the handoff is going to go. >> quarterback to running back or could be a fumble. let's check it out. >> good to see you, luke. by plane and train and mini van. for most their families won't be
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in tow. they only learned of one new member of congress who is moving the family to washington. believe it or not, family lives of lawmakers play a pivotal role in how they get the nation's business done. lisa a contributor to "the daily beast." how unusual is it for lawmakers to leave their families at home? >> it's becoming increasingly common. in first days everybody was a farmer and left their wives and went back home to finish doing the farm work. this is a recent phenomenon, the commuting congress person. it's gotten worse and worse and worse over the years because the idea of being an outsider has become more important politically. >> explain to us the personal relationships that go on in getting the professional work that needs to be done, the nation's business done. there is a lot that goes into those interpersonal relationship behind the scenes.
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>> any old timer would say the problem with washington is that the families aren't there. they were the glue that keep people together. if you live across the street from your opponent, if your political opponent's kids go to school with your kids and your wives are friends and concerned about the same things, you're more likely to know them, like them, respects them, have opportunities to talk to them after hours, off duty. and that makes for kind of a relation shl that makes it easier to get business done. >> does your kid play soccer with my kid? do you share the same interests socially speaking then you have the -- now this calendar, some people would say this is a good thing. why aren't they getting seduced by the washington intercircles instead of being outside the beltway and doing what the people that elected them wanted
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to do? >> it's a political question. do you want to be perceived as an outsider or insider. the old timers say it's the people who live there in washington who actually get stuff done. it's not as though the folks back home in their districts are putting the kids to bed or kissing them good night. they are raising money. they are out talking to constituents. they are really busy. it's not as though their families lives are improving by being back home. >> when life is elsewhere, you've always got a plane to catch. but some people would argue in modern politics we have a modern technology that can be of help. we have blackberrys and skype. is that a way for modern politics to move forward so there can be more family time but we always are connected to the technology? >> i have a blackberry and doesn't improve my family life. i'm not sure that's a solution. >> do you think through these, the new schedule that's come out, that we'll see changes that take place where people try to
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balance that professional and personal little better? >> there is an acknowledgement that this kind of face time, what we used to call face time is important to politics. people do try to do things like bipartisan retreats and dinner parties and cocktail parties. john mccain is famous for having the dinner parties, obamas started to do the bipartisan cocktail parties. people do say it is artificial, not the same thing as knowing your neighbors kids. trent lot was succinct with me, he lived across the street from his democratic counterpart and they did business together because they liked each other and families knew each other. >> you have the same mailman and some of the same interests that bring you together, maybe not politically but on a human level. >> people say you don't change your vote necessarily, but you're able to have a conversation that's more modulated and moderate and
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respectful. that's really important. >> how we move the nation forward. lisa miller, great to have you here. >> the u.s. economy kicked off 2011 with good news with strong gains in november while stocks rose and some economists predict a strong fourth quarter report. beating expectations and manufacturing is also up. will it continue throughout the year and will it mean more jobs for the millions of americans out there still out of work? managing director of the economic cycle research institute joins me to talk about this. are these improved numbers in areas like construction and manufacturing enough to sustain what really has been a slow recovery? >> sustain it absolutely. there's really very little risk i would say almost zero risk, of any kind of new recession or anything. sustained absolutely. you can take that to the bank.
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but that's not enough. we've been in a slowdown now for a half a year. where the economy has been kind of throttling back a little bit. and therein lies all of pain and angst that people are feeling. that is going to draw to a close in the coming months and by the spring we're going to have a revival in overall economic growth. that's a good thing. has happening from the business cycle. >> when you say spring, is that when americans should expect to see the gains translate into more hiring? >> yes, the slowdown in private sector jobs growth that's been going on since the middle of 2010 will draw to a close as well. and you will see the job market begin to firm by the spring time. that is going to happen but the problem is that the unemployment rate is not going to come down a lot. right now it's in the high 9%. if everything goes well and if our forecast of a revival and growth is right, even with that
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rather optimistic outlook, the unemployment rate may get down to approaching below 9% by the end of the year. that's still way too high. >> as it has been hovering near the 10% mark right now. the good news is tempered by the fact that in 2010, 1.5 americans had to file for bankruptcy. that's up 9% over the previous year. in your opinion, what could be a possible prescription for speeding up the recovery? is there anything? >> i think we like to think that somebody can do something. actually, the business cycle is much more powerful than washington. remember, 70% of gdp is private sector consumption. so that's you and me and everybody watching. it's what we collectively do, much more powerful than washington. the dynamics in there, looking at the tea leaves and leading indicators in what's going on, it's getting set to firm and
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revive up. i don't think that for the overall economy a prescription is needed. there are structural problems when you look at the 9%, even if things go well, we're at 9% unemployment, structural problems in there. you have over the past couple of years companies figured out how to make more stuff with less people by using a lot of technology. that's a challenge for job seekers. also with the housing boom gone all of those related jobs aren't coming back. that's a challenge for people who work there. that's structural challenge that doesn't get resolved by the economy getting stronger. >> not overnight. that's for sure. thank you, sir, good to see you. now to breaking news we have about california's ban on gay marriage or proposition 8. that case is now before a u.s. appeals court and justice correspondent pete williams joining us now with the latest on washington. what's the development? >> the development is that the federal appeals court has called
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time-out and asking for a ruling from the california state supreme court. here's why. you may remember proposition 8 was put on the ballot two years ago passed by a majority of california voters. it banned gay marriage in that state. two gay couples sued, a federal judge said it's unconstitutional and now goes to the court of appeals. here's the trick. the state of california, the party that would normally defend the state law said, we agree, it's unconstitutional. so the state did not defend it. and now the question is in the appeals court, do the proponents, the people who put the initiative on ballot in the first place, do they have the right to try to defend the law on appeal? do they have what they call legal standing? and what today the federal court says, we don't know the answer to that question. we do know this. normally for someone to stand in the shoes of the state, they have to have the state's
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permission. it can come from the court, a governor, someone else. the question here is, does that permission exist? were the proponents of proposition 8, the people who got it on the ballot in the first place, ever given approval, authority to stand in for the state legally in order to carry out this appeal? that's a critical question. if the answer to that is no, the case is over and the judge's ruling stands. if the answer is yes, then the federal appeals court will go on to decide the merits of the case, which is to say is proposition 8 unconstitutional or not. we have this threshold question and the federal court says we don't know the answer, this is a state law issue so california supreme court decide the issue for us. it's an unusual procedure where one court asks another for an answer. called certifying a question and that's what just happened. >> do we have any indicator as to where jerry brown stands on this? >> exactly the same as
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schwarzenegger, he was the attorney general during the prop 8 case and he's the one who septd the state is not going to defend it. he's in exactly the same position as before, no change there. >> nbc news justice correspondent pete williams, thanks for the update. the lessons learned while on front lines in today's classroom. how do you compete with the information overload that kids get everywhere else? we explore that next. stay with me, this is msnbc. diarrhea and constipation. ...and? it helped balance her colon. oh, now that's the best part. i love your work. [ female announcer ] phillips' colon health. and i was a pack-a-day smoker for 25 years. i do remember sitting down with my boys, and i'm like, "oh, promise mommy you'll never ever pick up a cigarette." i had to quit. ♪ my doctor gave me a prescription for chantix, a medication i could take and still smoke, while it built up in my system. [ male announcer ] chantix is a non-nicotine pill proven to help people quit smoking.
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welcome back, texting and tv are no longer secondary. students are spending many hours with technology, forcing a change in traditional teaching to ensure the next generation can stay ahead of the game. one school in philadelphia found
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creative new ways to help kids learn. at the science living academy in philadelphia, diana, explain to us how this technology itself is allowing teachers to teach differently than they have in the past? >> so teachers are in a position now to really leverage a whole host of new opportunities for students to learn in different ways. basically, they can be driven by their own questions rather than just the questions of teachers and seek out information on their own and sort through massive amounts of information and indicate what is a good source, identify bias. but then also instead of consume are information, then start producing original content as well, which does change the game. when you have students not only consume the information, think about it, then produce original content that reflects their own understanding and own creative potential it does unleash a separate skills for kids to
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leave high school with. >> where you are is just five years old and you've been able -- been recognized by lady's home journal and apple distinguished school awards, onlyive given to a handful of schools. what do you think you are doing differently to get that recognition? >> one of things that i think we're concentrated on is having a really unified kind of ped gol cal approach for learning that focuses on a student driven curriculum that really honors the learning process and not just the right answer. we're about asking big questions with inquiry, research and lab ra collaboration and looking at the process as it goes with the learning. when you spiral that through a curriculum where you work with students, in a very organic way, about how they produce their
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work, they start to kind of engage in the learning process in a different way. and it has had amazing results and kids are excited about learning and seeking out opportunities on their own. it's a key part of the success. we have a dynamic faculty, great leadership and support from the district with the franklin institute. >> because of the inat tt inter intergrags of technology, have you seeing a difference between boys and girls? >> that's an interesting question. technology has the ability to democratize learning. it's -- all of our students have a laptop. they have access to the same piece of technology that allows them both to consume information and produce information and all learners come at it differently. we've had students that trend to the more tech no logically nerdy side of things and others
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producing edging video productions as well. i don't see it breaking down on gender line but a whole host of different types of learners finding a way to access learning in an individual way. >> diana, thanks for joining us. i appreciate it. >> the state of america, our series that looks at how people are faring today in this country. that's coming up. first, top stories of the hour. we have them in the news now. that's next. this is msnbc. [ female announcer ] grab a box of multigrain cheerios. get a code to... ...a 7 day plan to get going on that new years weight loss. get the box. get the code. get started! by giving me ginormous discounts with these: how can expedia save me even more on my hotel?t loss. unpublished rates. which means i get an even more rockin' hotel, for less. where you book matters. expedia. [ malhis day starts thwith his arthritis pain..
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on the central coast of california, hillsides are in danger of collapsing into the ocean after weeks of downpours. the small city of pismo beach is the latest. the rains are eroding the bluffs there. a push for new green commuting options is gaining momentum across the country. skateboarders are pushing against bans for riding skate boards on the streets to use a long board to get around. supporters say the boards would be clean and sufficient but there are too many safety issues that go around with them. in this hard-hit economy there have been surprising companies that have surprised and prospered. we'll talk to one of those companies, the maker of a specialized beer. why is beerp recession proof? we'll talk about that next. stay with me. ving people money on rv, camper and trailer insurance...
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i'm mary thompson. here's a look at how stocks are fairing. we have a mixed market with the dow jones industrial average average of 21 points and s&p and nasdaq trading lower. ford is reporting a 15% sales increase for 2010. the company crediting strong demand for pickups and sedans. the ford f-150 was the best selling vehicle last year and first two-year gain since 1993. electronics makers are hoping to make tv sets with internet access, the new i.t. product of 2011. they are being built with computer style processors and operating software letting them run applications like computer as smartphones. they want to make it easy to check the weather and traffic and set up customized news pages.
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21% of the millions of tv sets sold worldwide had an internet connection. back to you. >> natural marriage between the two. pretty cool stuff. during the recession and the recovery, get this, beer sales are up, bubbling up. not just any beer. the pricey craft beers made in smaller batches with aroma and flavors and fine as a fine wine. not miller light for me. maybe events like president obama's beer summit or beer bet are lending american brews a new catche, perhaps it's a throwback to our founding fathers who brewed on the side. suds are selling making way for the new discovery show, brew masters. >> a beer like 120 has 20 times the hops of the normal beer. it has five times in weight the barley of a normal beer. it takes three months to brew
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instead of ten days for a normal ale. the commitment in ingredients and time and labor and love and coddling and yeast is off the charts compared to the average beer. >> joining us is host of brewmasters and founder and president of dogfish beer. sam. great to have you with us. >> thanks for letting me come aboard. >> why do you think craft beers which can be expensive for people out there, are growing even with people saying, you know what, i'm a little tight in the wallet today? >> that's a great question. i recognize it's kind of an anomaly to be in the highest end prizewise is where the growth is in a recession. the reason is two-fold. the consumer is voting with their pocketbook to support small businesses in their community. let's face it, whether you're looking at wall street or detroit, big business has taken on the nose and consumers are voting to keep their money in
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their community. frankrily, craft beer is an affordable luxury. you have to be a millionaire to buy world class wine, but anybody can spend 10 or $12 on a six-pack of food kpatable beer made right in their neighborhood. >> let's talk about your background. you started to brew beer in the kitchen of your apartment in new york then opened a brew pub in 1995. you made 12 gallons at a time. what was the biggest hurdle in i assume what was a passionate hobby into a business? >> like sme small business, the access to capital and coming in under finance. it was an advantage, starting so small we could take huge risk and add things like raisins and let us get our feet underneath
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of us and make ambitious recipes and our whole mission is off-centered ales for off-centered people. we differentiated ourselves with the kind of beers we make. >> do you want to be as big as something as anheuser-busch osh do you prefer the small status to be more of a nich and throw in raisins if you want to? >> that's exactly where we're at. dogfish is one of 1600 super vibrant, super creative and experimental breweries around the country. and our mission doesn't exactly jive with that of a public company who might be legally obligated to maximize shareholder value every quarter instead of take risks and embrace the whole world of ingredients and brew these ambitious beers. i have a feeling we'll be staying private and family owned for many years to come. >> there's probably pent up home
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brewers watching this right now. maybe they want to turn their small business or small hobby into a small business. what advice do you have for them, especially in the marketplace we're in today? >> you know, the craft brewing community issal true isistic and the vast majority of small brewers in america belong to the brewers association, our trade group. and folks that are home brewers thinking of getting into small scale brewing should check out craftbeer.com and attend our craft brewers conference which is in san francisco in year. and learn what a wonderful and welcoming industry this is. >> also they can watch "brew masters" right? >> on discovery channel, we're finishing one of episodes with our friend mario bat tally. dogfish is one of the breweries involved in a brew pub that's going to rooftopping. in the last episode will air sometime in the first quarter
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here is all about that collaboration. >> very xiexciting stuff. appreciate your time. >> thanks for having me. >> only days after thousands of birds and fish were found dead in arkansas, the same thing happened in louisiana. officials say 500 dead birds have been discovered. investigators tell us 5,000 birds dropped dead out of the sky just before midnight new year's eve in arkansas. people woke up to find black bird carcasses in their yards and streets. what is happening to these birds? janet, have we gotten to the bottom of this mystery or what? >> reporter: i don't know they'll have a conclusive answer and they've admitted that. this lawn was full of black bird carcasses a and it happened again in louisiana. what's the culprit? what happened here? authorities really believe the answer, though they say they'll never be able to prove it, those
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new year's eve fireworks. they went off and caused a loud boom and basically they frightened the black birds to death who flew into oech other and fell to the ground. what about louisiana, those birds were discovered yesterday. 500 of them, about 300 miles south of here. biologists there are gathering those birds and testing them. it seems like a very similar type thing. although the birds in louisiana did not fall to the ground on new year's eve so the fireworks are not an explanation for that. as for this community, they are just hoping it doesn't happen again. they literally filled the front yards and streets within a one-mile radius of where i'm standing right now. a very unusual event. authorities believe it's an isolated incident. >> what are they doing to continue the investigation? they may never know conclusively. what are the avenues they are trying to pursue to figure this
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out? >> reporter: well, they've got test results due back in a week that may point to a clearer picture on the birds. they've suffered from blunt trauma. but the test results now in louisiana say there's the possibility that it was a deliberate kill because the black birds are a nuisance to the farmers. in terms of the investigation there, they are checking with area farmers to see if they were poisoned or something like that. we know much less about what happened in louisiana. but certainly they seem very similar. >> as you were driving into this location, were you spotting things left and right? did you see strays around here and there? >> reporter: the roads -- bear with me, let's go over into the forest here, surprising my photographer. the roads have been cleared but i'll tell you what, the woods behind this house are supposedly filled with thousands of them who haven't been recovered and are not going to recover the birds. but they pretty much have been cleared up from the neighborhoods. back there is another story.
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>> thanks for rolling with the punches with me live in arkansas. appreciate it. as the old saying goes, where you stand depends on where you sit. as america moves into a new year and new decade. the state of our country is changing. gap between rich and poor is growi growing. the sluggish economy left millions out of work and many more losing homes because of that. despite the first ever african-american president, race remains a contentious issue while the nation falls behind china and india when it comes to educating our next generation. what is the state of the country in the first days of 2011? cornell west, professor of princeton university, co-host of the radio program and joins us now. where was this country two years ago when president obama took office? and in your estimation where have we moved to today? >> at two years ago we had tremendous hope and optimism and
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looked as if we had a grand opportunity to turn the country around to empower poor and working people and render accountable big business and finance and big banks. two years later we have missed the opportunity unfortunately. we didn't get the kind of leadership that we should. the president didn't have enough backbone became too milk toast. would not fight big business or the banks. he sur came to big business and big banks and the obstructionism on the right was helping push him to the center. now, of course, he's being pushed more to the center which means we're in deep trouble. i'm looking at it from the vantage point of the vast majority of the americans who are working americans and poor. you look from the vantage point of being rich and wealthy, still doing very, very -- but that's not the question for any serious citizen. the question for every citizen in america ought to be, what is
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the relation of public interest to the most vulnerable of our citizens, the orphans, elderly, physically challenged and poor and working people. >> the list of challenges as you would like to point out is daunting. where should we start as a country to get back to peace and prosperity at the same time? you have to admit president obama inherited a ton, a ton of things that this country was going in the wrong direction with. >> that's right. no, we have to look at the bipartisan agreement that's already in place before we get to talk about bipartisanship as a whole. there's been a bipartisan agreement on two wars. there's been a bipartisan agreement on bailout the banks. bipartisan agreement on expansion of the industrial complex, more and more on privatizing education and scapegoating teachers and public sector unions. both parties agree already on those issues. those are the issues we need to
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shatter, decentralize big banks, decentralize big corporations and even get some more accountability to big government. that is a very, very marginal voice these days. we're going to see this kind of discussion on america's next chapter with tavis smiley and the others, you'll see perspectives you don't see in the mainstream media. >> are you disappointed in your president? >> i'm disappointed in my president barack obama, inaugurated a new era in which working people were at the center. when you look at his economic team you saw those coming out of wall street tied to corporate america. we saw his policies more and more differential. homeowners wrestling with foreclosuring. what about workers? where is the jobs program? the issues focusing on industrial complex? we need to sign the juvenile delinquency act to be
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reauthorized for precious young people dealing with the juvenile delinquency system. no authorization for that -- major shortcoming here even as the right wing remains very visceral. ip do oppose the vicious lies told on president obama by right wings and republican party but the truth has to be told about each and every one of us. >> we're getting small technical hits in the shot we have here. don't you think we have two years left to see something more out of president obama or do you think he's already built his legacy on first two years? >> i hope he comes to life. i think the fundamental question will be, will barack obama be like bill clinton in '94. bill clinton signed the vicious welfare bill against poor people and of course the undercutting of glass stealingle to allow commercial investments banks to come together so bill clinton became a masterful opportunist
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in trying to steal the thunder from republicans and did tremendously -- will barack obama be a clinton and do damage or will be an fdr or lincoln and stand up for working people and poor people? we shall see but some of this is incumbent upon those of us who are concerned about poor and working people to try to generate a movement against not just obama but both democratic and republican parties. >> dr. west, thanks for coming on. we'll continue to have you back to find out your assessment as you watch president obama move on in the second half of the term. >> happy new year. thank you so much. coming up next, when pageants and politics collide. what happens when beauty queens come to flejing world peace to weighing in about one of the most talked about political issues. stay with me, this is msnbc. who knows how important it is to have her medicine in one place. so norma brings all of her prescriptions to walgreens
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welcome back. for the first time in history, a miss america contestant is
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competing on a gay rights platform. her choice may stir controversy but she's also hoping it's going to launch a new dialogue that could lead to political and social change. clair buffy won the miss new york pageant on the same platform calling fores equal rights for same sex couples. >> thanks so much, thomas. >> you are an entrepreneur and work for apple, a talented photographery. people would not suspect that could be the footsteps for a regular beauty queen. what's the modern day beauty queen like? >> i think she has to be so much more than just defined by her job. we are woman. this is a stereo type i've been able to witness being broken, with compassion and intelligence. she has to be relatable and have a relevant voice. that's what i'm trying to bring to the miss america organization. this platform that's not seen as
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controversy but instead is a current event. it's something that affects us of you will. >> everybody notices that the crown is right here, never far away from clair. when we talk about the platform you're running on, which is about equal rights for the lgbt community. this past year has been interesting we've seen so many cases and stories about teens who have taken their own lives and it gets better campaign. you've been very vocal talking about bullying. did you realize you would have such a news worthy and topical campaign of the moment platform to run on? >> well, i knew that this would draw in media attention and would be current. but when i was on with you five months ago, you asked me about the suicides and then they started happening. i don't think i even realized the power of my message. for me this is something that's just an extension of my life. this is spreading a normal message that i was brought up with. and so now that i have the
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opportunity to go into schools and open up these incredible conversations with kids who then give back a really vulnerable discussion, i think it's been really effective. and just talking to these kids about bullying, how it effects all people, not just the gay community and also the power of bystand bystanders. when you see something, say something. >> the impact you have had, what's one story that you can tell us about one of the boys or girls that comes up to you? >> this was an experience i had at action academy in the bronx. we go in and we share our personal stories. i share my story that my sister is a lesbian and i am a vocal, straight ally of equality. a sixth grade girl raised her hand and said, i'm gay. for the first time, she came out of the closet. she said, but i can't tell my
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mom because all i hear at home is that being gay is wrong and disgusting. so who can i talk to? at that moment, a young girl reached behind her and grabbed on to her hand. that's who you can talk to, is that friend. then the vice principal raised her hand and said, she can talk to me. so, when i left that school, we left an impact and we revealed allies for these kids to talk to. after you stir up that conversation, kids are going to have a lot of thoughts and they're going to need people to talk to. >> it's fantastic. and i think you are fantastic and we have to say miss america, it's coming up on january 15st and america can vote. >> this year for the miss america organization, they have announced an america's choice vote where up to four finalists will be chosen in the top 15. from america's vote based on
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going going to missamerica.org. you can vote for miss new york at 24470. that's the phone number that you can text the initials many. i love tomorrow for las vegas. >> all right, i'm in the tank for claire. we'll be back after a quick break. [ male announcer ] 95% of all americans aren't getting enough whole grain. but actually, it's easier than you think, because general mills big g line of cereals is america's number one source of whole grain at breakfast. there's whole grain in every box... ♪ ...from chex... to cheerios... to lucky charms. so you can get the whole grain you want with the taste you love. get started on the whole grain you're missing with your favorite big g cereals. make sure to look for the white check.
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good afternoon. nice to see you, the vacation clearly over not only for me and you, but surely for our politicians as the president back in washington just hours before a new congress begins with a new majority in the house. we'll talk about what we can expect from this congress with tom coburn.

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